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Crane removes blast debris from Sequim marina

Crane removes blast debris from Sequim marina

by Tim Flanagan on February 5, 2012

Jeff Chew has the story (including video) in the Peninsula Daily News:

Click here to zoom...[Part of the deck of a explosion-shattered 38-foot boat is lifted from the bottom of John Wayne Marina on Thursday during a dive and salvage operation involving a crane barge, which was contracted by the Port of Port Angeles. --Photo by Jeff Chew/Peninsula Daily News]

SEQUIM — A Sequim man injured in the Tuesday night explosion that destroyed his boat at John Wayne Marina remained in critical condition Thursday as a Port of Port Angeles-hired dive-and-salvage crew brought in a crane barge to lift large pieces of the shattered deck and hull from the bottom of the bay.

Keith Bryant, 78, who received burns, shrapnel wounds and bone injuries, was recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He was installing a new 15-gallon propane tank when the blast occurred aboard his 38-foot William Garden-design wood diesel yacht Escale, sending debris around the marina and damaging adjacent boats, port and Clallam County fire district officials said.

“With any luck, they’ll pick up the big pieces with the crane today,” said marina Harbormaster Ron Amundson, who oversaw the cleanup under way Thursday morning.

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